ADVERTISING
 
Wednesday, January 23   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Testimonies
 

‘When it happened, I was in the centre of Barcelona praying for the city’

Two evangelical Christians were near the Ramblas when the terrorist attack happened. “The people were running and shouting”.

AUTHOR Joel Forster , Evangelical Focus BARCELONA 18 AUGUST 2017 15:23 h GMT+1
Hundreds took the streets in Barcelona on Friday after the terrorist attack. / EP

In the first moments of confusion after the terrorist attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona, police officers asked everyone to leave the streets.



As injured people were treated by emergency teams, a manhunt began to find the suspect. For several hours, many found refuge in restaurants, shops and hotels.



“After 5p.m. a colleague called us to our Balmes Street office, from the Ramblas, saying we should close the shop. There, people were running and shouting, he did not know what was happening”, Mónica Muñoz told Evangelical Focus.



 



Mónica Muñoz.

Mónica was at her workplace in the city centre. “As I was speaking to the colleague on the phone, we started to see people coming towards our direction from Bergara and Pelayo Streets, they were very nervous”. Later, “after talking to our manager, we closed the doors”.



“While listening to the radio, the police came and told us that we should not leave the building nor get out on the street until they gave us permission to do so”. At that time, “20 tourists where sheltering” in her colleague’s shop at La Rambla.



3 hours later, she and others were allowed to leave the building to go back home. “The centre of the city was all closed down and deserted, seeing Barcelona like that made a big impression on me”. Public transportation was not working, and “it was difficult to find a taxi, all were taken, people wanted to leave the city”.



“Personally, there were moment in which I felt scared”, explains Mónica, who is an evangelical Christian. “I received many messages from friends and family asking if I was ok, and they were telling me that they were praying for me and the whole situation, while waiting the news on television from home. At all time I was aware of these prayers”.



 



“I THANK GOD FOR HIS PROTECTION”



Irene Rodríguez was also near the Ramblas when the terrorist attack happened.



“At 4,50 pm I was in the Town Hall square of Barcelona, about 600 meters away from the Rambla, and walking towards the Santa Maria del Mar church”, a popular historic Catholic church.



 



Irene Rodríguez.

“When it happened I was inside the Basilica church, at the moment a friend and I were just praying for Barcelona, the church God has here in Catalonia and in Spain”, Irene explains. “Then, at 5:30pm we walked down towards the sea, in the opposite direction, although we had first thought of walking to the Ramblas”.



As everybody else in the centre, Irene tried to understand the chaos, “we were uncertain about what was happening, because there were ambulance, police, helicopters”.



“Now, at home, I thank God for his protection”, Irene wrote on her Facebook profile. “And I mainly pray that He gives strength to the hearts, faith and spirit of His sons and daughters, to speak out about the salvation that is in Him”.



“We Christians should not be quiet about the gospel. The Lord says in Psalm 30:10-12: ‘Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.’ And then: ‘You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you for ever’”.



 





 



Read more reactions to the terrorist attack by Christians in Spain


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - ‘When it happened, I was in the centre of Barcelona praying for the city’
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Did Hitler base his anti-Semitic views on Christianity? Did Hitler base his anti-Semitic views on Christianity?

An answer by Richard Weikart Professor of Modern European History, California State University Stanislaus.

 
China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List

There has been an serious increase in persecution of Christian communities in China in the last months.

 
The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis

Jerry Root compares the search for meaning of C.S. Lewis with Saint Augustine's reflections.

 
Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms” Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms”

Protests and prayers continue in Bulgaria for the sixth week.

 
That night That night

“No one came ot help that night, no nurse to numb the fright...”

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.